Texas with a Little Something Extra
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Beaumont Events

There's always something big happening in Beaumont, Texas! With our well-known fairs and festivals, each change of season offers another must-see event. And when it comes to food & shopping, we get serious. We don't like to brag or anything, but our food is worth planning an event around - which is why we have food festivals for all of our favorite dishes in southeast Texas. Beaumont also has an eclectic mix of museums that celebrate everything from art to energy. Our quirky-ness is portrayed throughout these museums that offer a variety of arts & culture exhibits and events. Parents, the kids will love Free Family Arts Day offered quarterly by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Plenty of other events just for kids can be found happening year 'round as well.

In Beaumont, we tend to do things a little bigger than other places in Texas. That's especially true of the performing arts you'll find here. Spread throughout the city are world-class concert halls, theaters and arenas that bring the best in performing arts to Beaumont. These same great facilities, along with nightlife hotspots, also support a host of live entertainment acts that can be enjoyed regularly.

Fan-friendly Beaumont has a true love for the game. From watching the Lamar University Cardinals football team bring home a win, to experiencing the hard-hitting action of the Spindletop Roller Girls roller derby team, there are plenty of sporting events to be found in Beaumont. Beaumont may owe its prosperity to oil, but it's not the only natural resources we're blessed to have. With dense forests, sandy beaches and shallow wetlands, southeast Texas is overflowing with outdoor activities. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to Beaumont, and experience Texas with a little something extra! 

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Birds in Art

December 20, 2014 – February 08, 2015

Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Adults, $4. Seniors (62+), $3. College Students w/valid ID, $3. Children (4-18), $2.

Museum of the Gulf Coast
700 Procter
Port Arthur, TX 77640
409-982-7000
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Birds in Art 2014 is the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's production of 50 paintings and works on paper and 10 sculptures. Harmony, serenity, power and tension infuse these art works.

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Celia Eberle: In the Garden of Ozymandias Exhibition

December 20, 2014 – January 04, 2015

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Free admission. Suggested donation, $2.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-832-3432
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In the Garden of Ozymandias, includes a selection of Celia Eberle's surreal mixed media sculpture of diverse and mesmerizing materials highlighting the basic nature of the human experience. Her media, which include animal bones, wire, marble, jasper, agate, wood, coral, brass, newsprint, cardboard and other found objects communicate the artist's quirky imagination with technical proficiency in a myriad of materials. For over two decades, she has drawn on an expanded concept of explanatory... more

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Christmas at the McFaddin-Ward House

December 20, 2014 – December 28, 2014

Tuesday - Sunday, see tour schedule below.
$3

McFaddin-Ward House
1906 Calder at Third Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-832-2134
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Make the McFaddin-Ward House your home for the holidays and join us to enjoy a simpler, more peaceful Christmastime. Tour the first floor of the museum (with the halls fully decked), try your hand at Christmas activities, and sample traditional Christmas cookies and punch while you relax and listen to music of the season. Tour Schedule: Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm Saturday, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm Sunday, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (first floor only - free)  more

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Christmas at the W.H. Stark House

December 20, 2014 – January 10, 2015

Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Last tour begins at 4:00 pm.
Adults, $6. Seniors, Students & Youth (10+), $5. Members, free.

W.H. Stark House
610 Main Street
Orange, TX 77630
409-883-0871
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Rediscover Christmas at The W.H. Stark House! Don't miss Historic Holiday at the Stark House for an extra special and unique experience. Special tours, historic collections, and the Stark House decked out in Yuletide finery highlight the celebration of Christmas. We invite you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting the Stark House during the Christmas season beginning Tuesday, December 2, 2014 and on view through Saturday, January 10, 2015. Please note: Entrance is through... more

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Dornith Doherty: Oasis Exhibition

December 20, 2014 – January 04, 2015

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Free admission. Suggested donation, $2.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-832-3432
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This exhibition documents two international seed banks with microscopic precision and ethereal beauty. Focusing on x-rays at seed bank facilities where research is conducted and routinely used for viability assessments of accessioned seeds, Doherty documents and subsequently collages the seeds and tissue samples that are maintained in these research collections. The amazing visual power of magnified x-ray images, which springs from the technology's ability to record what is invisible to... more

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Finding Light: Works on Paper by Rob Clark in Café Arts

December 20, 2014 – January 18, 2015

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.
Suggested donation, $2.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-832-3432
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Much of Rob Clark's work from the years has been derived by exploring paper as the light source with a carving away process to permit the light to define the work. This includes works in ink, pencil and water color which are included in this show. Most of the work is figurative and consistently part a story connection: mentor, family, friend, and ten second interactions on the street......sometimes the story is obvious while others are private. Clark's grandfather was a pastor and story telle... more

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Flowering Pages: Illuminated Books of Hours

December 20, 2014 – January 10, 2015

Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Last tour, 4:00 pm.
Adults, $6. Seniors (65+), Students (w/ID) & Youth (10-17), $5. Children (4-9), $2. Members, Free.

Stark Museum of Art
712 Green Ave
Orange, TX 77630
409-886-2787
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Guests will have the rare opportunity to see an exhibition of imagery contained in hand-crafted prayer books from the 15th and 16th centuries. This exhibit will be on view October 7, 2014 through January 10, 2015, and will highlight the significant ways in which flowers were used as symbols, decoration or part of a story.   Also on View: Women, Art & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. The Newcomb Potter Enterprise is a traveling exhibition that highlights the extraor... more

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Group Bike Ride

December 20, 2014

Every Saturday
8:00 am

Colonade Shopping Center
6410 Phelan Blvd
Beaumont, TX 77706
409-656-3372

Three levels of ride, fast-greater than 20 mph; medium, generally a no drop ride 17-20mph; no drop 10-15 mph. Rides generally last 3-4 hours through the countryside around Beaumont and surrounding communities. The no drop group meets closest to Elena's restaurant at the Colonade Shopping center, the others in front of Goodwill. Rides may start later when weather is colder. Helmets required.

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Holiday Shop-O-Rama Extravaganza

December 20, 2014

Tuesday - Saturday, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

The Art Studio, Inc.
720 Franklin
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-838-5393
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The Art Studio, Inc. will host its annual art sale that offers one-stop shopping for unique, funky, artistic and inexpensive gifts created by local artisans. All work is handmade and original by the participating artists.  Note: The Extravaganza will be open 12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm on opening day, December 6th. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

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Kountze Big Thicket Trade Days

December 20, 2014 – December 21, 2014

Parking, $2.

Kountze Trade Days Center
960 No. Pine Street
Kountze, TX 77625
409-880-5667
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Kountze Big Thicket Trade Days is held the 4th weekend of each month at the Kountze Trade Days Center, located off of Hwy 69 North next door to the Super 8 Motel in Kountze, TX. With over 250 vendors, Kountze Trade Days offers all types of treasures! With plenty of food vendors also on hand, you can enjoy the best in festival & fair style foods as you browse & shop. Handicapped walkways with asphalt make wheelchairs and stroller pushing a breeze.  

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Open Studio

December 20, 2014

Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$5/session

Beaumont Art League
2675 Gulf Street
Beaumont, TX 77703
409-833-4179
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All medias and levels. Demos, lectures, films. Taught by artist Shirley Peel.

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Photos with Santa

December 20, 2014 – December 24, 2014

Monday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm. Sunday, Noon - 6:00 pm.

Parkdale Mall
6155 Eastex Frwy.
Beaumont, TX 77706
409-898-2222
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Santa Claus is available for visits and photos at Parkdale Mall's Sunken Court. Visits with Santa are available daily through Christmas Eve. Please note that Santa does take breaks throughout the day to “feed his reindeer” and that he leaves Parkdale Mall on December 24 at 6:00 pm.

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Reflecting the Times: Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco

December 20, 2014 – March 07, 2015

Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Last tour, 4:00 pm.
Adults, $6. Seniors (65+), Youth (10-17), & Students, $5. Members, Free.

W.H. Stark House, Carriage House
610 Main Street
Orange, TX 77630
409-883-0871
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Visit The W.H. Stark House Carriage House for a new, special exhibition Reflecting the Times, which highlights the key components of three important art movements of the early 20th century - Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. These art movements are reflected in architecture, jewelry, pottery, clothing and graphic design and the collection of Miriam Lutcher Stark represents these movements and the blending of these styles.

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Shangri La Christmas Strolls

December 20, 2014 – December 27, 2014

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Adults, $6. Students, Seniors & Youth (10+), $5. Members, free.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
2111 W. Park Ave
Orange, TX 77630
409-670-9113
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Shangri La Gardens invites families and friends to take evening strolls to view hundreds of new lights, Christmas trees decorated by area groups and businesses, and holiday-themed displays. Christmas Strolls will be on the following dates (at 6-8 pm each night): Dec 11-13, 18-20, 26 & 27. 

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Trade Days on the Avenue

December 20, 2014

Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Port Neches Avenue
Port Neches, TX 77651
409-722-4023
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Trade Days hits the Avenue each third Saturday of the month along the 1100-1400 blocks of downtown Port Neches. All shops will be open and there will be arts and crafts, booths, antiques, furniture, holiday decor food trucks and more.

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